Starting November 1, 2013, InterVarsity Press will serve as Renovaré's primary fulfillment partner. Founded in 1988 by Celebration of Discipline author Richard J. Foster, Renovaré (a Latin word meaning “to renew”) is an organization that promotes personal and spiritual renewal.
"More than twenty-five years ago Renovaré began making Protestants aware of the forgotten riches from church history that unfold the tradition of Christian formation," said Cindy Bunch, IVP's associate editorial director and Formatio line editor. "Flowing out of Richard Foster's bestselling book Celebration of Discipline, this ministry has brought a deep renewal of spiritual practices into our lives and our churches. InterVarsity Press is now pleased to be the distributor for Renovaré books and materials."
InterVarsity Press and Renovaré have been in partnership for several years. The growth of IVP's spiritual formation line of books, Formatio, has included cobranded Renovaré resources such as The Apprentice Series, written by Renovaré cofounder James Bryan Smith, The Life of the Body by Valerie Hess and Lane Arnold, and Longing for God and Sanctuary of the Soul, both written by Foster. The two organizations also worked together on the Renovaré International Conference in San Antonio in 2009 and the Apprentice Conferences in 2011 and 2012.
"Renovaré has enjoyed a shared heart for ministry with InterVarsity Press for many years," said Rachel Quan, executive director for Renovaré. "Much of Renovaré's work can be found in our books—the resources we produce and use as we share with people about Christian spiritual formation. And many of those books have been developed alongside IVP. So it was a natural fit for us to partner with them when we began to look for someone who could become our book fulfillment center. We are excited to enter this new partnership! Customers won't notice any difference when they order their books—it will still be the same great customer service and care that goes into each of their orders, and their orders still go to help support the ministry of Renovaré. Our partnership with IVP offers more opportunities to do some special projects together as new books are released—something that our bookstore customers will enjoy and benefit from. More than anything, IVP and Renovaré have teams who long to see people become more like Jesus, and anytime two ministries with this same passion get together, we're sure good things will happen for the kingdom!"
Since its inception, Renovaré has cobranded products with various publishers, selling them at both conferences and renovare.org. Renovaré will continue to operate its web store, but orders will now be processed and fulfilled by InterVarsity Press. In addition to the cobranded products, InterVarsity Press will fulfill orders for the Life with God Bibles, Foster's Celebration of Discipline, Streams of Living Water, and Prayer, "Devotional Classics" coedited by Foster and Smith, as well as many other previously released titles. InterVarsity Press will also serve as the official bookstore at the next Renovaré national event in Houston, Texas (April 2014).
"Renovaré is an organization whose people and products have deeply impacted my faith journey over the last twenty years," says Jeff Crosby, IVP's associate publisher and director of sales and marketing. "I'm grateful for the chance to be partnering with an organization I hold in such high esteem, and look forward to the fruit it will realize—for us, for them, and for the church."